1984 – He who controls the past, controls the future

Did not the statement, ‘You do not exist’, contain a logical absurdity?

1984 main keywords:

The Party. The Party has taken early 20th century totalitarianism to new depths, with each person subjected to 24 hour surveillance, where people’s very thoughts are controlled to ensure purity of the oligarchical system in place. Figurehead of the system is the omnipresent and omnipotent Big Brother. [1]

Imagine this

George Orwell, wrote 1984 in 1948, and upon finishing it, he got me to ask these following questions:

Have you ever imagined a world gone extreme to the extent that you cannot even have a diary? Write your own thoughts? Even have your own thoughts? That in case you trusted your family enough and shared a thought with them, your own children are entitled and should report you for betraying the party? That you are not allowed to love? You are not allowed to possess any material sentimental object? You cannot be sentimental and you cannot feel? Analysis and logic have gone out of the drain. And most importantly…

Most importantly, you are no longer entitled to a functioning memory, your memory is non existent, you only believe what you are told and what you are told today can be so different from what you are told yesterday but you believe and you don’t question..

You don’t question not because you’re afraid, you don’t question because your brain has surrendered long ago.

That is what Winston refused to do.. and that is what made him different.

Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been re-written, every picture has been re-painted, every statue and street and building has been re-named, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped.

Slow start, you feel distant, and then you start identifying with it… quite a lot

This book is a classic and hundreds of reviews must exist everywhere. At first, the book has a slow start, because it has a pretty different style of event presentation, until you get familiar with the conditions, you will feel a bit distant. But once it gets rolling, you will see its value.

At first, you thank the skies for not living in such an era, but with every new thought you feel thoughts coming out of you in an impulsive manner, you start identifying and you realize that we are not so different after all. You start predicting how bad things are going to be… which ensures that you are on the same page as George Orwell. Not until the end, the shocking end… or not! Depends on how you predicted the book is going to end.

The details that George Orwell portrays sometimes are quite terrifying. I must admit, that book caused me nightmares. Not dinosaurs and flying witches nightmares, but stressful ones, ones where the world is against you and there isn’t really much you can do.

The book is so good that I…

I underlined many sentences and expressions and paragraphs in it, knowing that I usually like to keep my book clean and neat and look like it hasn’t been read.

When you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love. When the last of the chocolate was gone, his mother had clasped the child in her arms. It was no use, it changed nothing, it did not produce more chocolate, it did not avert the child’s death or her own; but it seemed natural to her to do it.

In summary, 1984 is a strong book [4], not an easy read, but definitely a must read [3]. If you haven’t read it yet, start 2012 with it. Thoughts, opinions and ideas need to be reshaped at the start of every new year, and I highly recommend you reshape yours with this book.

Confession is not betrayal. What you say or do doesn’t matter: only feelings matter. If they could make me stop loving you – that would be the real betrayal.

[1] http://www.online-literature.com/orwell/1984/

[2] Watch the movie: 1984 [IMDB] or online

[3] Buy the book in Lebanon

[4] Read the book online

About FunkyOzzi

Why so Serious? A software developer / SEO / SEM womosapien. I worry if I travel back in time, what will I work then.

4 comments

  1. Such an incredible novel and a very relevant reading for this mini-era of revolutions. The last few sentences just burn into your memory.

  2. Thank you for such a beautiful book review. I will definitely read the book🙂
    Happy New Year🙂
    Zeina🙂

  3. It is one of those books that marked me. I read it back in high school.
    It is on top of my recommendation list.

  4. The kind of book which reminds you the actual society….
    But the best part of the book, is Goldstein’s book, you feel like reding it with the same delight an secrecy as Winston, and writing a book inside a book, that’s pure genius!

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